Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon Refill and renewed
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 80.00
Official website: www.malts.com
The name Nick Offerman probably doesn’t mean much to us Italians. He’s an American actor known for having participated in TV series such as Parks and Recreation (alongside Chris Pratt, in his early days) and Fargo, plus other minor roles and as a voice actor in animated films.
He is also a skilled carpenter, specialising in building wooden boats.
What does this have to do with Lagavulin?
If the name isn’t familiar to you, his face certainly is, since he has been appearing in commercials for Islay whisky for some time now, in a dedicated YouTube channel, with Offerman’s passion for Lagavulin (born spontaneously when he was 20 years old) expressed in all his acting skills.
An inevitable partnership then, given also that the Lagavulin 16yo was prominently displayed on his character’s desk in the most famous series in which he took part.
And during 2019, Diageo decided to launch this special edition (limited, at the time, to the US market) dedicated to the actor, now obviously not easy to find and not even at decent prices.
Full gold in the glass.
Peat in the foreground of the nose, vegetal and toasted, a full but not overpowering mark that welcomes a soft heart of fruit (dried apricots, peach, red apple), candied orange, salted caramel, liquorice, mandarin. Pecans. On the length, citric background notes come through, astringent, on leather and a hint of tobacco. Decisive and clean.
And it’s the citric notes that become more evident right at the start, very fresh despite the peaty wave running through the palate, with just a hint of spice (ginger, mainly) on moderately sweet tones of buttered brioche, caramel, vanilla, fruit (apple, pear, banana), orange juice. More leather and tobacco in the background, with Earl Grey with bergamot and a certain herbaceous vein. A perfect balance between the flavours, which come together in a relaxing and full symphony.
Long finish of toasted vegetable peat, leather, tobacco, orange, salted caramel.
A whisky that is a small miracle, with the peat participating in the aromas as a whole in a masterly complex of composure and richness, where smoke and freshness coexist in an oxymoron of flavours that leaves you amazed at its disarming drinkability.
It’s a shame this isn’t a permanent entry in Lagavulin’s portfolio, because it deserves much more attention and diffusion.